Cape Town to be rocked by musical We Will Rock You 

The musical ensemble consists of an all-South Africa cast

By CityLIfe Arts Writer

The new production and major world tour of Queen and Ben Elton’s multi award-winning rock musical We Will Rock You featuring an all-South African cast, crew and band began in Manila, The Philippines in October 2022.  After touring Asia, this hit musical returned home, playing to packed houses to critical acclaim and rave reviews at Montecasino’s Teatro. Next stop on the We Will Rock You world tour, is Cape Town, at Artscape from 5 May to 4 June 2023. Thereafter the We Will Rock You World Tour continues in various territories abroad. Book today at or Ticketmaster


We Will Rock You is not a tribute show, nor does it tell the story of Queen or the legendary Freddie Mercury. Instead, We Will Rock You is a large full scale new vision musical theatre production with its own storyline set to the music of 24 of Queen’s most popular hits, including Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Killer Queen, and the worldwide favourites We are the ChampionsBohemian Rhapsody and of course, We Will Rock You. The show is about a group of bohemians in a dystopian future without musical instruments. A handful of rock rebels, the Bohemians together with society misfits Scaramouche and Galileo, embark on the search to find the unlimited power of freedom, love and the rebirth of the age of rock. 

The musical is produced by SA promoter, Showtime Management in conjunction with Selladoor Worldwide, Carlos Candal, Gavin Kalin Productions and Limelight Productions. “We are pleased to re-visit this newly imagined production of We Will Rock You that combines the timeless music of Queen with the creative vision of award-winning British director, Nick Winston, performed by an exceptionally talented local cast to bring this multi-awarding show to the next generation,” says Showtime Management’s Hazel Feldman.  We Will Rock You appeals across the age spectrum, from teens and young adults to rockers from the 70’s,  80’s and 90’s. It’s a not to be missed major show that eventually turns into a rock concert.” 


The highly talented 27-member all South African We Will Rock You cast is a combination of established, well-known performers and fresh new talent, making their musical theatre debut. Capetonians Nicolette Fernandes (The ProducersSpring AwakeningURINETOWN! Sister Act) plays the leading role of the ‘sarcastic, cynical’ Scaramouche alongside fellow Capetonian, Stuart Brown (How To Date Like A F*@#&%! Grownup – A Musical Comedy (Workshop Version), Defending The Gay Man) as Galileo, the dreamer who hears strange words in his head.  Stage and screen actress, singer and dancer Londiwe Dhlomo plays the villain Killer Queen who rules Planet Mall with an iron fist, assisted by her second in command, Khashoggi, played by award-winning film, television and stage actor Craig Urbani (Chicago The MusicalRocky Horror, LegacyBlitzpatrolli).  

Tiaan Rautenbach (Jesus Christ Superstar, Binnelanders, Aspoestertjie) plays the role of Buddy who tries to figure out the “exact date the music died”.  International and local musical theatre performer as well as television and feature film actor, Richard Gau (Calling Us Home, Evita, PRIME – Netflix Original) plays Brit, alongside Danelle Cronje (Doringrosie: Die Slapende Skone, Seussical, Barely Legal Showtunes) in the role of Oz.  Performing on stage, alongside the seven leads is a twenty strong highly talented ensemble who perform to the six piece live band. The show tours locally and abroad with a crew of twenty. In addition, local crew from the city of performance are hired for the show season.

We Will Rock You is directed and choreographed by Olivier Award nominee Nick Winston (Annie, Loserville, Waiting for Godot) working with Associate Director and Choreographer, Ryan-Lee Seager and assistant Choreographer, Libby Watts. Stuart Morley is the Music Consultant and  Mark Crossland is the Musical Supervisor. Set design is by Tom Rogers; costume design by Sarah Mercade, working with costume supervisor, Megan Rarity; lighting by Ben Cracknell and sound by Ben Harrison.  We Will Rock You has a combined international and South African creative team including Darren Greeff (Resident Director and Resident Choreographer), Kevin Kraak(Musical Director), Alistair Kilbee (Technical Director, Gearhouse Splitbeam), Clement Makana (Lighting), Strett Spies (Sound) and Peter Taylor (Company Manager).  

Cape Town, are you ready to rock? You can book now at or at Ticketmaster Ticketmaster is the ONLY official exclusive ticketing agent and tickets should not be purchased from any other supplier/outlets. Enjoy reduced ticket prices every Terrific Tuesday.  Discounted group bookings on groups of 20+ tickets plus a special school student groups offer are available via   #rocktheworld  #RockYouSA 

Show details


ARTSCAPE OPERA HOUSE, Cape Town: Friday, 05 May to Sunday, 04 June 


Weekdays: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 8pm 

Weekends: Saturdays 3pm, 8pm; Sundays 2pm, 6pm. 


Midweek (Wednesday ,Thursdays and Sundays 18h00): R200, R250, R320, R400 

Weekend (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 14h00):  R250, R320, R420, R500 


TERRIFIC TUESDAYS Only valid for Tuesday performances: R100, R150, R250, R350.  

Not valid with any other discount offer 

BOOKINGS:  Book on line at or

Ticketmaster is the official exclusive ticketing agent and tickets should not be purchased from any other supplier/outlets.  


20% Discount on groups of 20 and more – Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 6pm performances only valid for the top two prices. Contact Jill Somers office hours only, 9 am to 5pm on 079 218 1658, 

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